Caps Defensemen continue to dominate, last time it was big Papa Schultz, this time it is LamboGreenie. :-)
By Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals Insider, Oct. 24, 2009:
- Mike Green earned the third star of the night after rebounding from a rough start. Like many of his teammates, the defenseman struggled in the first 20 minutes. But after Nate Thompson woke him up with a dangerous looking knee-to-knee hit, Green was one of the best players on the ice.
"He got mad and said, 'The heck with this," Boudreau said. "He played the way he can, which is joining rushes, shooting the puck, making plays."
Greens said: "I felt like I was by him, but I'm sure he wasn't trying to hurt me."
- For the second straight game, Eric Fehr played with Ovechkin's stick. He credited the stick for helping him score his first goal of the season in Atlanta.
Oct. 24, 2009 Mike Green's postgame video:
Green: Alex Ovechkin was in there, and there's not too many times he is in the middle of a scrum. When you have guys like that stepping up for each other and really caring for each other, that's when things turn around.
Corey Masisak's tweet: On a night where Don Cherry ripped Ovechkin for not being willing to fight, Green praised him for stepping in after the Thompson hit.
UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 24: Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals celebrates his teams second goal against the New York Islanders on October 24, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals won the game 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
You can see how genuinely happy Ovechkin is when his teammates score. Previous game in Atlanta Ovi was not his self, probably had a flu. This game was better, not a very good game by Ovechkin's standards, but I think he is recovering from a flu.
1 assist, -1, 1 penalty, total ice time 26:48, 25 shifts, average shift 01:04, PP 05:53, 2 shots on goal, 5 attempts blocked, 3 missed, 2 hits, 2 takeaways
An interesting observation from Pierre LeBrun, ESPN, on Michael Nylander:
I was a big fan of this guy; he was a very talented center for many years, and perhaps still is. But I'm told when an apparent deal with the Chicago Blackhawks fell through last season, he was never the same. He had his heart set on joining the Hawks and was shattered when the deal didn't happen.
Tarik also said on several occasions that Nylander had distanced himself from a team.